The Hispanic American Council, Inc. (the Council) is a nonprofit community organization established to advocate for the well-being of the Hispanic population in Southwest Michigan. As a liaison between potential clients and service agencies, the Council seeks to meet the needs of a special population often hindered by language barriers, cultural differences, and unfamiliarity with service agencies and institutions. Throughout the programs and services offered, the goal of the Council is to assist Hispanics in attaining self-sufficiency and a higher level of social and economic well-being. The Council also strives to nourish and encourage the diverse cultural heritage of the Hispanic population.
The Council has been advocating and providing culturally sensitive services for Hispanics since 1981. In the early 1970’s, a group of Hispanics affiliated with St. Joseph’s Catholic Church met regularly to recite the rosary and discuss issues affecting the Hispanic community. When an elected official made a public “racial remark” this group organized into The Spanish-Speaking Steering Committee to educate the community about Hispanics, their needs, and their contributions to Kalamazoo. This committee grew into the Hispanic American Council and became a 501(c)3 organization in January 1981 and a United Way Agency in 1986.
Envisioning a brighter tomorrow for our community.
To promote. To support. To educate. To advocate.
The Council holds these values in all our endeavors:
- Respect for Human Dignity
- Service and Leadership
- Authentic Collaborations
- Education and Entrepreneurship
- Respect for Diverse Cultural Traditions
- Embrace Equity, Equality, and Inclusion